One could describe the 2019 NSATIS Swimming Carnival as “near perfect”. Almost every event was filled to maximum and races were hotly contested in great spirit. Two events ended in ties: In the boy’s Open 50m Freestyle Samuel Cullen (St Patrick’s College) and Kieran Gillies (Grammar) touched together in a time of 25.74. These two boys continued to tussle all day in the open events creating a great spectacle for the crowd. In the girl’s U/13 50 m Breaststroke there was a tie for both first and third places. Aviva Ross (Marist) and Caitlin Knowles (Grammar) tied for first (time 44.22) and Rebecca Clarke (Scotch Oakburn) and Natalie McCullagh (St Patrick’s) tied for third (time 44.66).
It was an exciting day for the staff and students from Marist Regional College as they witnessed their new U/13 girl’s champion – Aviva Ross take out first place in the 50 m free, 50 m breaststroke, second place in the 50 m backstroke and swimming up an age group managed to touch in fourth place in the 50 m butterfly.
The all-conquering St Patrick’s College U/16 boy’s 4 x 50m Freestyle relay team completed what is probably a history breaking streak. This team consisting of Jonte Adams, Will Hinds, Angus Robertson and Sam Foley have now won this event and broken the previous record for four years since they began their school days at St Patrick’s College in Grade 7 in 2016. They swam the event in a time of 1:46.38 so we now look to the SATIS event on Tuesday 26th March to see if they can continue this form and set a new mark for the State event too. If these boys can stay together in 2020 their aim will no doubt be to go for a 5th straight title and record …. watch this space next year.
The only individual record breaker on the day was Grammar swimming sensation Hugh Dolle. Hugh set new times in both the boy’s U/15 50m (25.68) and 100m (57.75) freestyle events. He also won the 50m butterfly and backstroke, and placed 3rd in the backstroke event. Hugh finished off the day with an explosive final leg for his freestyle relay time bringing them home in first place.
St Patrick’s College won six of the shields on offer with Scotch Oakburn spoiling their clean sweep taking out the Girl’s Junior Shield.
For a full list of event results, shield and pennant scores click on the attached links below.
Finally the staff and parents from schools, and volunteers from Swimming Tasmania must be thanked for the work they did to ensure the Carnival ran without a hitch. A special mention also to Matthew McGee who each year adds a touch of spice to the day with his informative and electric commentating of every event. We look forward to working with you all at the 2020 event.